Five Questions with Historian Gordon S. Wood

[This interview was conducted via email in December 2004 and published in a local (metro Atlanta) freethought newsletter. –JCS 12/24/2021] Gordon S. Wood is one of the foremost experts on the American Revolution and the origins of the U.S. Constitution. Wood won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his 1991 book The Radicalism of the American Revolution. His …

The Matrix Revolutions

[This review originally appeared in SciFiDimensions.com in November 2003.] Everything that has a beginning has an end. Sort of. When Larry and Andy Wachowski introduced audiences to The Matrix back in 1999, it was the beginning not only of one of the most lucrative film franchises of all time, it was also the beginning of a fresh …

The Matrix Reloaded

[This review originally appeared in SciFiDimensions.com in May 2003.] Reality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The Matrix is a vast computer simulation feeding the minds of humanity, whose bodies (housed in row upon row of nutrient-filled cocoons) provide energy for the Machines who have conquered their creators. As far as everyone “trapped” in …

The Matrix Unloaded

The Dilemma of Shutting Down the Matrix [This essay originally appeared in SciFiDimensions.com in May 2003, just before the first sequel to The Matrix—The Matrix Reloaded—was released. Obviously, the franchise went in directions that completely negate my speculations, but I think they’re interesting enough to warrant revisiting. –JCS 12/27/2021] Millions of science fiction fans have May …

But Is It Science Fiction? Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

[Originally published in May 2000 at SciFiDimensions.com.] Ayn Rand’s magnum opus Atlas Shrugged turns 50 this month. Objectivists are celebrating, and CSPAN 2 recently devoted several hours of programming to discussions about the late Rand and her literary/philosophical influence. Nearly a quarter century after her death, Rand is still stirring up controversy, and despite her …

Magneto Speaks! (Gandalf, Too!) A Dispatch from Sir Ian McKellen

[Originally posted in March 2000 at SciFiDimensions.com.] Some guys have all the luck. First, Sir Ian McKellen lands the role of Magneto (one of the greatest villains in all Marvel comic-dom) in this summer’s action flick X-Men, then he gets to play the wizard Gandalf in all three Lord of the Rings movies! Sir Ian has had a …

Launch! (SciFiDimensions)

[This short essay marks the beginning of my adventures in online publishing. Posted on February 4, 2000, it was the very first bit of content for my online science fiction magazine SciFiDimensions.com (it was variously and awkwardly branded as scifidimensions, scifidimensions, etc., before finally settling as SciFiDimensions). Over the course of ten years, SciFiDimensions.com provided thousands of …